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February in Summation

Here a whole month has nearly passed without a single post from me. For shame! In my defense, it was most definitely NOT because I was neglecting my art. On the contrary, there was a MASSIVE amount of creative work going on this past month. It’s just that… it never made it up here. Oops.

Mario Party: The biggest portion of that can be attributed to the fact that my best friend’s birthday was on Valentines, and this year, she wanted to do a Mario Party themed party. How awesome is that? Months back, I promised I’d help with the planning and decoration. I don’t think either of us truly knew what that would entail.  Short explanation: a lot. However, the result was amazing. My photos turned out mildly horrific, however, so I need to borrow from others and/or fix mine.  I’ll do a full post later when I can attach pretty things.

While I worked on all that, the extra paint went into my journal. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with some of those pages. I just slapped it on, and some of those colors are not my usual favorites. Oh well. It’s a start. If nothing else, I can completely cover them.

Knitting: Aside from that truly monolithic project, I also have worked on a simple knitting project. I had to start over, however, because I cut my ends too short. Oh well! It was more for theraputic value/visiting with fellow knitting friends than anything. It will still be nice whenever I finish.

Blogs: I have also been devouring art blogs. I have a list nearly as monolithic as the party planning that I’ve earmarked for myself to “go through later.” Good heavens, it’s going to take a lifetime. Much of that I attribute to Twitter. I recently started an account and I’ve been following other artists. They are fairly prolific when it comes to sharing links.

Reading: Ok, not art, but still worthwhile. Stimulates the brain, you know? Amidst all this, work, church, a zoo day, a few visits with my Koby, and a few other social obligations (which were in fact quite wonderful, even if my energy was waning) I have just completed the Belgariad series by David Eddings (loaned to me by a friend because I was considering purchasing the fancy new version) and I am now about a third into Graceling by Kristin Cashore. David Eddings’ use of language is beautiful, and there are some truly compelling characters in there. Thus far, Graceling is quirky and cute. A good fantasy fluff read, which is always welcome.

Also… the Olympics have been EATING my evenings. For the first time in my life, I wish I had DVR.


I have enrolled in Samantha Kira’s Wish Journal Workshop, and have just begun! More on that tomorrow! I promise to be a good artist and keep posting!

I took the plunge and felted a knitting project!

knitting-0061Since I was very young, I was interested in knitting, and a few years back, I finally found someone to show me. I really enjoy it. Its easy to do when you want something “creative” but lack the brainpower to do much creative thinking (college anyone?). Even now, post-college, its nice to work on a simple project while watching a movie. The movement is repetitive, so other than the occasional glance, it really takes very little attention.

Last september, during student teaching, I realized I needed a lunch bag. I was bringing my lunch in plastic grocery bags– very tacky! However, I didn’t see any I liked at the store. The boring adult ones were in ugly colors, and I didn’t find any fun kids ones either (I just couldn’t stomach Hannah Montana, and apparently the disney fairies didn’t make it onto lunch boxes). I remembered a pattern I’d seen at Knitty, called Brown Bag. So, I picked up some wool yarn and started. And then… didn’t finish. Until now, haha. The colors were my boyfriend’s suggestion. I couldn’t decide between the blue and the brown, so he suggested both. I rather like the result. This was my first time felting anything, and I like how the stripes come out when felted.

knitting-011Interested in learning to knit? Knittinghelp.com will teach you everything you need to know through videos explaining the basic stitches. Anything I didn’t learn from my classmate in the brief session she taught me, I learned here.